Critics Consensus

An effortlessly entertaining blend of humor and heart, Shazam! is a superhero movie that never forgets the genre's real power: joyous wish fulfillment.



Total Count: 366


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User Ratings: 12,168
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We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson's (Asher Angel) case, by shouting out one word--SHAZAM!--this streetwise 14-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult Super Hero Shazam (Zachary Levi), courtesy of an ancient wizard. Still a kid at heart--inside a ripped, godlike body--Shazam revels in this adult version of himself by doing what any teen would do with superpowers: have fun with them! Can he fly? Does he have X-ray vision? Can he shoot lightning out of his hands? Can he skip his social studies test? Shazam sets out to test the limits of his abilities with the joyful recklessness of a child. But he'll need to master these powers quickly in order to fight the deadly forces of evil controlled by Dr. Thaddeus Sivana (Strong).


Mark Strong (II)
as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
Asher Angel
as Billy Batson
Ian Chen
as Eugene
Marta Milans
as Rosa Vasquez
Cooper Andrews
as Victor Vasquez
Ron Cephas Jones
as The Wizard
Michelle Borth
as Mary Shazam
Meagan Good
as Darla Dudley (Adult)
Stephannie Hawkins
as Bus Passenger #6
Lovina Yavari
as Store Clerk
Natalia Safran
as Mrs. Sivana
Caroline Palmer
as Billy's Mom
Ava Preston
as Lillian Price
Evan Marsh
as Burke Breyer
Cassandra Ebner
as Bus Passenger #2
Andi Osho
as Ms. Glover
Mitra Suri
as Bus Passenger #1
Lotta Losten
as Lynn Crosby
Shayna Ryan
as Art Museum Goer
Heather Capuano
as Carnival Goer
Cyndy Day
as Mom on Airplane
David Kohlsmith
as Young Billy
Rachel Boyd
as Senior Girl
Rachel Boyde
as Senior Girl
Angelica Lisk
as Hann-Bus Passenger #7
Kerri Kamara
as Attractive Lady
Simon Northwood
as Businessman
Paloma Nunez
as Realtor
Lou Lou Safran
as Sivana's Twin Sisters - 12 Years Old
Brian Kaulback
as Mall Santa Claus
Carson Manning
as Board Member
Harper Gunn
as Little Girl at Carnival
Ali Badshah
as Mehmet Kotil
John Stead
as Bus Passenger #5
Adam Rodness
as The Receptionist
Jeff Sanca
as Bus Driver
Jesse Bond
as Father at Carnival
Stephen Alexander
as Carnival Goer #1
Tosh Robertson
as Student #3
Dana Reznik
as Carnival Mom
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Critic Reviews for Shazam!

All Critics (366) | Top Critics (43)

  • After lazy reliance on phoney gravitas and blundering with its first serious stab at levity with Aquaman, DC has found a comic torch-bearer of pure heart to illuminate the path of righteousness ahead.

    Apr 7, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For a long, glorious stretch, Shazam! plays like the anti-Nolan antidote it is.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a bummer when the bad guy shows up and Shazam becomes like every other superhero movie - worse, really, because the storyboarding is so poor that it's hard to tell what's going on. In the climax, Sandberg misses nearly every one of his marks.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Full Review…
  • In context and considering the movie monstrosities that have preceded it, Shazam! is irrepressibly fresh and wholesome, and ultimately suggests a new and exciting future for the stars of the DC Extended Universe. Up, up and away!

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
    Top Critic
  • Director David F. Sandberg remains a horror guy at heart (Lights Out, Annabelle: Creation), and the ping-ponging between yuks and yikes leads to a pretty nasty case of aesthetic whiplash.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • "Shazam!" is the funniest, sweetest and most innocent movie in the DC Extended Universe - a sign that it is at last ready to compete with Marvel.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shazam!

  • May 24, 2019
    The gist of this iteration of the ever-popular (of late) superhero cult is that most people want some superpower, well, at least most kids want something in that vein. So this is a sort of wish fulfillment fantasy, then, as our hero, a powerless child, an orphan, inherits all sorts of curious abilities that ultimately lead to a familial reconciliation, which is the big win in the film, which is not even to mention the loads of CGI funhouse fireworks that come when somebody with a cape is onscreen. Some beer from the local Quik-E Mart can only improve things. And so a little fun, at least until the bad guy shows up and the film disintegrates somewhat into the obligatory, overdone, big-fight-at-the-end cliches.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 10, 2019
    The main problem with this irregular superhero movie is that Billy and Shazam are like two completely different people, which makes it almost impossible for us to connect with the character, and it doesn't help that the goofy humor doesn't always work, despite some inspired moments.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Shazam is a solid entry into the DC universe but comes up a little flat in the final act.
    Tyler H Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2019
    Finally. Perhaps I had very low expectations, but I have to admit, I actually found it very enjoyable and entertaining. Possibly sets the stage for a rebranding and a rework of the DC cinematic universe. Shazam reminded me of Spiderman, where Marvel intentionally targeted the next generation. Same here and that's why I believe that DC has finally got it right with this formula. The youthful team of "foster kids" were a joy to watch. The pacing was uneven, but the engaging storytelling made up for it, weaving together the different characters and dealing with relevant growing up themes of bullying, abandonment, family, even disability - without being preachy. Zachary Levi was simply brilliant as the adult Shazam, giving that touch of self-mockery, goofiness and guileless fun that really brought a lightness to the film. Why is that important? That's because DC tentpoles like Superman and Batman have always been heavy and dark! So it was a huge relief to be able to laugh and have fun throughout, and yet feel deeply touched by the characters. Finally. Shazam may not be an A-list comic book character, probably a C-list character, but dusting him out of the comic book cabinet and breathing new life is something that DC perhaps has learnt from Marvel's treatment of Ironman - that you can have a winner if the story is well told. For me, Shazam is a much better film than DC's Aquaman, which I found to be another run-of-the-mill action film that was painful to watch. Anyhow, I enjoyed all the subtle tie-ins and references to Batman, Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman .. very clever weaving into the DC Cinematic Universe. Hilarious! Go check it out. Bring the kids. There are some life lessons that they could learn especially from one heartbreaking moment. Don't forget to stay for the 2 post credits as well, ala Marvel-style. DC gets this right. Finally.
    Chrisanne C Super Reviewer

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